Residents of a small village in Lancashire, England are up in arms over plans to rename the favorite local pub after Oliver Cromwell.
Pub company owner Punch Taverns is turning ‘The Old Oak Inn’ in Hoghton into ‘The Cromwell,’ after the English soldier and statesman who made England a republic and ruled as Lord Protector from 1653 to 1658.
During the English Civil War, Cromwell led the Parliamentarians – “the roundheads” – to victory over the Royalists – “the cavaliers.” The controversial figure became army commander and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, crushing resistance with dreadful massacres of garrisons at Drogheda and Wexford in 1649. He deported thousands of Irish to slavery.
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